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Venues North

Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.

By new work, we mean new theatre and performance, usually devised work or new writing, or work that explores the boundaries of theatrical form.

Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues, but open to any venue in the North that shares this commitment to artist development and new work.

Current members include:

  • ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
  • Arts Centre Washington
  • Barnsley Civic
  • Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Contact, Manchester
  • Gala Theatre, Durham
  • Harrogate Theatre
  • Home, Manchester
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Live Theatre, Newcastle
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Octagon, Bolton
  • Oldham Coliseum
  • Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax
  • Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
  • The Carriageworks, Leeds
  • The HUB, Leeds
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • The Met, Bury
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
  • Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
  • York Theatre Royal

The group was brought together and is chaired by ARC’s Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin, and meets regularly to share best practice around artist development. It recently published Routes In: A Guide to Getting New Work Programmed in the North of England, which is available to download here.

Edinburgh Festival Guide

Each year we produce a guide to showcase work at the Edinburgh Fringe that had been supported by Venues North members. You can download the 2017 guide here, 2016 guide here, and the 2015 guide here.

Scratch Nights in the North of England

If you are looking for somewhere to share work in progress in the North of England, Venues North have pulled together this handy guide: available to download here.


For more details please contact Annabel Turpin